Minis to Monte or where ever is a Touring Assembly following the roads of the Monte Carlo Rally and other important rallies. The events are organised by a team of dedicated members from the Mini Cooper Register.
Our ‘Minis to’ events give register members the opportunity to use and drive their cars on great driving roads with other like minded owners. Although the original concept was to follow the roads used by the Monte Carlo Rally. Our organisers now seek out the quieter, interesting and spectacular roads and scenery for the participants to enjoy.
All our events are organised with meticulous care ensuring nothing is left out! Included is overnight accommodation and breakfast also generally with an evening meal as well . If applicable ferries are also included along with a very detailed Road Book, rally plates and stickers.
These events are well established, with the first event being run in 2004. You can read more about the previous events here, you can also read detailed reports from each event.
In 2016 we visited France and Monte Carlo more details can be found here.
In 2017 we returned to the Emerald Isle – Details can be found here.
The club visit the Alps the literary is as below. This is open to members only for further information email the Secretary, Lesley Young, email@example.com
The event will run along the lines of previous Minis to Monte events, but in 2018 we will be covering more terrain in the High rather than the Maritime Alps and driving some of the roads used on the Alpine Rally. In 1967 it was won by Paddy Hopkirk, the last European Championship round won by a Works Mini. The distances have been reduced slightly compared to the 2016 event and we will include lots of short cuts for those who want to make up time or don’t enjoy too many twisty roads. We are also running the event two weeks earlier than in 2016. As usual the route will be described in a fully detailed Tulip road book and the organisers will provide a service vehicle, and the price will include return ferry crossings and accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels.
This is the planned itinerary for the route which is just over 1300 miles (subject to change):
Day 1 – Saturday 15th September – Signing-on. Overnight at Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone or similar with welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Sunday 16th September – Maidstone to Reims – Maidstone to Dover for an early crossing to France. Autoroute to just after St Quentin then across country through Champagne growing country to the old Reims circuit and on to Reims for the overnight stop. Total 251 miles.
Day 3 – Monday 17th September – Reims to Colmar – Some main roads but plenty of country bits to the Vosges mountains including a climb over the Col du Bonhomme towards the end. Overnight stop at Colmar. Total 207 miles.
Day 4 – Tuesday 18th September – Colmar to Nantua – Over the Vosges mountains including the Petit Ballon and the Grand Ballon. Then mains roads in the valley of the Doubs alongside the Swiss border and over a couple of cols to the overnight halt at Nantua overlooking a lake. Total 230 miles
Day 5 – Wednesday 19th September – Nantua to Gap – In the morning continuing southwards on country roads to Grenoble and over the Chamrousse. In the afternoon there are several cols to climb over scenic roads on the way down to Gap. Total distance 217
Day 6 – Thursday 20th September – Gap to Aix-les-Bains – We now head back northwards over roads familiar to many but not used in this direction by us before, starting with the Col d’Espreaux. Skirting the Vercors mountains, we will then circumnavigate Grenoble again and get up on to the Col du Granier to Chambery and then use back roads on the way to Aix-les-Bains, reached round the Lac du Bourget. Total distance 219 miles.
Day 7 – Friday 21st September – Aix-les-Bains to Evian-les-Bains – We start with the traditional climb up Mont Revard, then cross the River Isere for more country roads, and go northwards through Albertville. We then take to roads entirely new to us over several climbs until we drop down to Lac Leman overlooking Switzerland and our final destination Evian-les-Bains. Total distance 202 miles
Day 8 – Saturday 22nd September – After breakfast make your own way back to Calais, a distance of 540 miles (235 less than from Monte) – bon voyage!
The entry fee per car for two people sharing a room, including return ferry crossing, seven nights’ accommodation in good quality hotels with dinner and breakfast will be £1695. The entry is being restricted to 40 cars.